He was born Nov. 9, 1922, in Chicago, Ill. He was a 1942 graduate of Campion Jesuit High School, Prairie du Chein, Wisc. During World War II, he served in Alaska with the U.S. Navy Seabees and was honorably discharged after the war.
Mr. Cieslak attended the University of Georgia on the G.I. Bill. He was employed by Eaton Paper Co. He began his career as a salesman for the company and moved to Pittsfield, with his family, in 1963. During his tenure as executive sales manager, he increased the sales force to nearly 65 salesmen. He returned to selling in Florida with Sheaffer-Eaton and retired from the company in 1986 after 30 years.
He married his first wife, Henriette, on April 10, 1953. She passed away in 1992. He leaves his second wife, the former Oriania Covington, who he married on June 5, 1993. In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Vanessa Cieslak of Washington, D.C., and her spouse; and a son, James M. Cieslak and his wife, of Federal Way, Wash.
Mike and his second wife moved to Mt. Airy in 1997. He was very active as a volunteer with the Habersham County Soup Kitchen and The Sharing and Caring Place in Clarkesville. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus at St. Mark Catholic Church.
Mike was a gregarious and outgoing guy and often referred to himself as “Lucky Mike.” He loved to travel and kept in touch with his former Eaton Paper salesmen. He was a beloved husband, father and friend and will be missed.
Memorials may be made to St. Mark Catholic Church, 5410 Highway 197 South, Clarkesville, GA 30523.